Southwest High School in Minneapolis has been named by
Newsweek as the top public high school in Minnesota. Four other schools also
made the list.
Newsweek and data company Factual generated the rankings by
taking the total number of Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate
(IB) or Cambridge tests given at a school each year and dividing that by the
number of seniors graduating in May or June. The rankings for 2010 are based on
the date from 2009.
“I think parents have placed their students at Southwest
expecting great results,” [Southwest principal Dr. William] Smith said. “We
have kids that come to school anxious to learn and prepared to take the
challenges that make those things possible.”
Southwest’s students are expected to enroll to AP and IB
classes and then take the associated tests. Mainly though, the school's
philosophy is that teachers' and administrators' jobs are to lay a foundation
for future opportunity and success.
Southwest Minneapolis came in 115th. Other schools which made the list
were St. Louis Park (156), Edina (175), Minnetonka (285), and Eastview in Apple